UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy

Algorithmic Criminal Justice?

A Symposium Hosted by the UCLA School of Law
Friday, January 24, 2020

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Algorithms are playing a growing role in both policing and criminal justice. In theory, algorithms can provide information that can help promote analytical rigor, objectivity and consistency. But they can also reflect and amplify biases inadvertently introduced by their human creators and biases present in data.

This one day event will convene a diverse set of national thought leaders to engage with a key set of critically important questions on the proper role of algorithms in policing and in the criminal justice system. Topics to be addressed include, 1) approaches to identify and mitigate algorithmic bias, 2) the unique challenges and opportunities associated with the subset of algorithms that use AI, 3) ways to spur technological innovation so that the positive potential of algorithmic approaches in policing and criminal justice can be realized, while also protecting against the downsides, 4) the relative roles of the public and private sectors in developing, deploying, and ensuring the quality of new algorithmic solutions, and 5) approaches that can help ensure that algorithmic approaches enhance, rather than undermine, civil liberties.

The symposium will be structured as a series of interactive panels that will be open to interested members of the UCLA community and the public. Panels will start with a brief opening statement by each panelist. These statements might summarize the state of the field, identify challenges, or outline potential reforms. There will then be a period of moderated discussion among the panelists, followed by a Q&A period to allow engagement by all participants and attendees.

Printable agenda is here.

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Richard Re
Co-Director, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy
Faculty Co-Director, PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence
Professor of Law

John Villasenor
Co-Director, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Law, Public Policy, and Management